What is Sports Medicine?
In orthopaedics, sports medicine is the specialty that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of sports-related injuries. Sports medicine is designed to help both athletes and active individuals improve performance, recover from acute and overuse injuries, and prevent future injuries.
What is The Role of a Sports Medicine Doctor?
Your body's muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints, nerves, and bones are all part of the musculoskeletal system. You can experience pain or a restricted ability to perform basic motor skills if one part of this system stops fully functioning.
Sports doctors are trained to diagnose and treat issues in the musculoskeletal system. They are also experts in non-musculoskeletal athletic injuries, like concussions and head injuries, and a great source of information for:
- Conditioning exercises and strength training safety
- Proper nutrition and supplements
- Promotion of a healthy lifestyle
- Injury prevention
Resurgens physicians offer the most comprehensive sports medicine services in Georgia. While sports injuries are common in athletes and weekend warriors of all ages, 90% of sports injuries are non-surgical.
Our highly-trained physicians care for all athletic injuries whether you need medical evaluations, surgery, rehabilitation, or a conditioning routine for your specific sport.
Our team of sports medicine physicians possess the skills and knowledge to diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate all types of orthopedic injuries, getting athletes and active individuals back to an active lifestyle.
When to See a Sports Medicine Physician
A sports injury can happen to anyone who exercises or plays professional or recreational sports. These injuries can be caused by accidents, improper use of equipment, poor training, being out of shape, or not being properly warmed up for activity or exercise.
If you've experienced a sprain, strain, concussion, or other sports-related injury, it may be time to schedule an appointment online with a sports medicine physician.
Common Sports-Related Injuries
Aside from concussions, exercise safety, and other non-musculoskeletal areas of sports medicine that you may see a physician for, common sports related injuries include:
Ankle sprains (injuries that occurs when the ankle ligament is stretched beyond your normal range of motion)
Muscle strains (injuries from the overstretching or tearing of muscles)
Knee and shoulder injuries
Rotator cuff injuries (injuries to the muscles and tendons that hold the upper arm bone in the shoulder socket)
Different forms of tendonitis (injuries to the tissue connecting muscle to bone)
If you have an athletic injury that you're concerned about, schedule an appointment online to meet with a Resurgens sports medicine physician.
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How Resurgens Diagnoses Sports Injury Pain
Our highly-trained sports physicians have received extensive certification and training to provide the most comprehensive sports medicine care in Georgia.
Athletes' injuries are as wide ranging as the sports they play. Understanding how the injury occurred is vital to providing care when developing a treatment plan.
Resurgens' sports medicine physicians use a combination of expertise and diagnostic imaging technology - like CT Scans, MRIs, X-rays, and EMGs - to diagnose your injury. Then we schedule a 1-on-1 session to discuss your injury and develop a customized plan for your recovery.
Youth Sports Injury Prevention
We know that the best defense is a good offense. In an effort to educate young athletes about the importance of staying safe while having fun, we've partnered with Stop Sports Injuries© to provide some tips and methods for stopping injuries before they happen.
What our patients are saying
Dr. Willett was cordial, knowledgeable, and took the time to make sure all my questions were answered.
My husband Eddie Rush had neck surgery performed by Dr Middlebrooks April 2018 and he was very pleased with him and the results. Dr Middlebrooks ordered xrays and explained in detail what the problem was with the neck and what the surgical procedure would and would not correct due to arthritis also being involved with the issue. He took the time to explore the problem explain the issues in great detail and offer what the surgical procedure would change about Eddies quality of daily life. Eddie has been very pleased and grateful for the relief of constant pain resolved by the surgery performed by Dr Middlebrooks. The entire staff of Dr Middlebrooks and Resurgens Orthopedics are an invaluable asset to anyone suffering from any type of orthopedic issue. We would highly recommend them and in fact my sister and my niece both had treatment and foot/ankle surgery at Resurgens Orthopedics in Lawrenceville years ago. We hope we do not need them again but have full confidence of the help we would receive if we did. Thoroughness, Thoughtfulness, Compassionate, Results and Relief !!
- Bonnie R.
Dr. Dows-Martinez is 5 Stars all the way. She diagnosed my Sciatica, and first and foremost, was alleviating the pain and moving forward with treatment. She explained in detail; in a way I could understand, while showing me a model of a spine. We discussed and agreed upon a treatment plan; as well as expectations and scheduled an Epidural for the next day; which again; she explained - procedure, expectations, and outcomes in detail. Her staff member Angie immediately scheduled the procedure and gave me all the information and details to prepare for it. No detail left out, and made me feel comfortable preparing for the procedure. Every one of her team members were attentive to my medical needs and are all very friendly which really helped put me at ease. The day of the procedure Dr. Dows-Martinez made it very clear that her #1 concern was to keep me pain free, and that she did! …completing the procedure and no pain. Post Op follow-up by Dr. Dows-Martinez and her team, another 5 Stars. Her personal call was specific to my medical needs and her reach-out of personal care and interest was so genuinely felt. Thank you Dr. Dows-Martinez and team!!!
I had surgery with Dr. Jeffords and it was 100% successful. I have been pain free for 5 years. I have recommended him to several people in St. Simons where I live .....they have had spine surgery with Dr. Jeffords and they thank me because their surgeries were 100% successful too. He is a GREAT Surgeon...patient, kind, knowledgeable and talented.
- Carol W
Dr. Paul Jeffords is absolutely the best! He and his Resurgens Team helped me have the best experience possible with my recent spinal surgery! I had a micro-decompression and I feel great already! He called to check on me himself! So thankful for such a caring, thoughtful doctor who is such a fantastic surgeon!!!
It is my pleasure to give the highest recommendation for Dr. Blanchard! The five stars in each category only tell part of the story; he is also a most caring doctor, even visiting me in the hospital over the weekend . Of course, the ultimate recommendation is for Dr. Blanchard's excellent work! My lumbar fusion eliminated decades of debilitating back pain. I trust him completely for any future spine issues. His resource manager is also wonderful at coordinating and explaining information.
Dr Kancherla performed an ACDF on me in November. He answered all my questions directly and even agreed that I should get a second opinion. I even asked a few loaded questions just to be sure. Staff was attentive, professional and flexible. His performance went well beyond my expectations. I highly recommend him.
If I could give him (Dr. Sloan) a 10 , I absolutely would! Have had excellent results with his treatment plan.
I saw the Middlebrooks Team about my back and was pleased with their courtesy and the knowledge they shared concerning the pain I was experiencing. I have since gone to therapy and my back no longer hurts. Thank you for your help!
Dr. Goins has done spinal surgery on me, and 3 other immediate family members. We are all so appreciative of his expertise, caring attitude, & our excellent outcomes. I cannot say enough about this excellent, compassionate, skilled surgeon!